Thursday, April 9, 2009


Now now what to say???!!
We are Indians... whenever we FAIL.. we run to our [32 crores] God.. and pray FOR justice!!
Who KNOWS??? Maybe A GOD does EXIST!!..
and maybe HE CONTROLLED the HAND that Threw the SHOE At this PChidambaram... from Harvard (so what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?? if he is licking His Mistresss??) The shoe may have been thrown to Protest Against Tytler! BUT WE CLAP ! CLAP!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lyngdoh Solution- For Elections

Lyngdoh Solution:-

The suggestions made by Lyngdoh will not only take care of hate speeches but also do the following -
  • Provide real democratic governance for of all of us.
  • In the present system the ruling party / coalitions have only 25 to 30 % of votes polled.
  • In the present electoral system a large majority of voters who feel their candidate is not no. one or two in the run in his constituency either do not vote or vote for a candidate he dislikes less between no. one or two he feels is in the run.

This is how the so called national parties get larger share of vote. If the proportional representation system, as suggested by Sh. Lyngdoh is introduced in our country (even Nepal is going for such system of election), we will get much better leaders and governance.

Let us debate this and generate opinion for electoral reforms.

The Lyngdoh solution
By Karan Thapar, published in 5th April 2009 Hindustan Times of Delhi edition
Let me begin with an apology. Today I’m asking for your serious attention because the problem I want to discuss is important whilst the solution is neither simple nor straightforward. You need to concentrate to follow and understand. But I can promise you won’t regret the effort I’m asking you to make.

The Varun Gandhi episode has dramatised how hate-speech has become intrinsic to our politics and deeply damaging to our polity. Alas, it’s not the only example nor is religion the only basis of hate-speech. We have equally hateful appeals to caste, language or religion.

J.M. Lyngdoh — James Michael, as Narendra Modi popularised him — perhaps our best known former Chief Election Commissioner, believes all hate-speeches are attempts to, first, split the voters and, second, corral behind the speaker a particular segment which he or she believes is sufficient to propel him or her to power. In other words, it’s a deliberate strategy to create vote-banks.

The worst part is that our present system of elections seems not only to permit hate-speeches but actually encourages them. This is because, in a multi-party set up, it allows candidates to be elected with just 20 or 30 per cent of the total vote. Consequently narrow sectarian or caste-based appeals can deliver vote-banks of sufficient size to secure victory.

So how do we put an end to hate-speeches? How can we eliminate them from our politics? Simply enforcing the law — even expeditiously — is not sufficient because whilst that may penalise hate-speakers it won’t necessarily deter them. Like suicide-bombers, those hell-bent on demonising others to gain advantage won’t always be stopped by fear of the consequences. Often, they welcome them.

The answer, according to Mr Lyngdoh — and this is the bit I want you to concentrate on — is to make hate-speeches counterproductive. Render them self-defeating and they will stop. And the way to do this is to change our electoral system.

Mr Lyngdoh suggests two important changes. First, amend the law so that a candidate can only be deemed elected if he or she secures over 50 per cent of the vote. Inevitably, this will entail a two-stage, French-style election — a preliminary multi-candidate round and, then, a final run-off between the top two contenders. By design the winner will have over 50 per cent of the vote.
This would immediately place a premium on the widest possible appeal to ensure the widest support. Ipso facto, narrow appeals — based on religion, caste or language — would become counterproductive and self-defeating.

The second change is to find a way of representing small parties who could get squeezed out by this system of voting. Mr Lyngdoh proposes that only half the Lok Sabha be chosen by direct balloting. The other half would be chosen from a party list on the basis of proportional representation. So, if a party secures 1 per cent of the vote nationwide it would receive 1 per cent of the remaining seats. The Germans have a similar split between direct and party-list based elections.

As far as I can tell, the biggest objection to the Lyngdoh proposals is that they could double the voting, which means they would double the time, the expense and the hassle. With 700 million voters elections could stretch for three months.

Of course, you could reduce the length by addressing the security concerns that prolong elections, although that’s easier said than done. But, ultimately, a three-month election may well be more tolerable than the persistent fear of proliferating hate-speeches and the way they tear our country apart.

The Lyngdoh proposals pull together ideas earlier suggested by the Law Commission and the Venkatachaliah Committee to Review the Constitution. Each backed one half of what Mr Lyngdoh suggests. He is the only person to have put them together.

I believe the Lyngdoh proposals tackle the problem of hate-speech head-on and effectively. Of course, there may be other ways of doing so and some could be better. Now’s the time to discuss and debate all of them.

Mr Lyngdoh has set an important ball rolling.

Bureaucracy seen as unresponsive, corrupt: ARC

Bureaucracy seen as unresponsive, corrupt: ARC

New Delhi, March 25: Bureaucracy in India is generally perceived to be "unresponsive, insensitive and corrupt" and a common complaint against it pertains to excessive red-tapism, the Second Administrative Reforms Commission has said.

In its 12th report, the Commission said that during its visits to the states, it interacted with a large number of people and most of them complained of the poor quality of services provided by the government, the indifferent attitude of government servants, corruption and abuse of authority and lack of accountability.

"The reasons for governments not being citizen centric can be attributed to the attitude and work of some government servants, the deficiencies in existing institutional structures and also to some citizens," the Commission, headed by M Veerappa Moily, said.

While the laws made by the Legislature may be sound and relevant, very often they are not properly implemented by government functionaries, it said.

The institutional structure provided at times may be also weak and ill conceived and thus has neither the capacity nor the resources to implement the laws in letter and spirit, the report said.

"The system often suffers from problems of excessive centralisation and policies and action plans are far removed from the needs of the citizens. This results in a mismatch between what is required and what is being provided," it said.

Bureau Report

PSU oil cos to fuel growth with Rs 57,000-crore spend

Public sector oil companies have prepared a mega plan to help re-fuel a sputtering economy ........ READ below

27 Mar 2009, 0414 hrs IST, Rajeev Jayaswal, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: Public sector oil companies have prepared a mega plan to help re-fuel a sputtering economy without any burden on the exchequer by spending Rs 57,000 crore next year on expanding supplies and building new transportation networks for oil and gas, a government official here said.

“The investments will help in accelerating economic activity at a time when private investment is shrinking. Most of these investments will be made in domestic projects and their economic benefits will be reaped locally,” said the official, who did not wish to be identified.

The government is expected to contribute only a tiny fraction of the cash needed for the ambitious stimulus activity. Virtually the entire amount, Rs 57,476 crore, will be met through internal accruals of 13 public sector oil companies. The government will be required to spend only Rs 25 crore, he added.

According to the mega plan, domestic exploration and production (E&P) major Oil & Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) will be the top investor with a budget of Rs 30,233 crore for 2009-10. This includes an outlay of Rs 9,365 crore for its foreign arm ONGC Videsh (OVL).

Fuel retail giant Indian Oil Corp (IOC) will be spending Rs 11,000 crore in the next fiscal, up almost a third from Rs 8,500 crore budgeted for the current financial year.

ONGC is aggressively investing money in its E&P business with projects worth Rs 60,000 ($12 billion) under construction, according to ONGC chairman and managing director RS Sharma.

“We don’t intend to slow down our spending plans. The board has approved investments worth Rs 25,000 crore in the past six months,” Mr Sharma said on the sidelines of an industry meet on Thursday.

Gail (India) has raised its budget by 63% in 2009-10 at Rs 5,558 crore compared to Rs 3,413 crore in 2008-09, a company executive said. “Most of the funds will be spent on developing pipeline capacities and in city gas distribution (CGD) projects. Most of the materials (such as pipes) for the projects will be supplied by domestic firms. Besides, the projects will employ thousands of workers from the unorganised sector,” he said.

A Planning Commission official said the oil ministry had demanded only Rs 25 crore gross budgetary support for Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum & Technology. “All other outlays are funded through internal and extra budgetary resource,” he said.

Other public sector oil companies that are a part of the spending plan include Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL), Oil India (OIL), CPCL, BRPL, NRL, MRPL, Balmer Lawrie and Biecco Lawrie.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Vote for Professionals

This blog has already announced its support for BJP and listed the simple reasons for the same. But at the same time we are a set of Professionals and Working People from the Public Sectors in India and so we also understand the need to change. And so we have also supported The Professional Party of India. We have also talked of Independent Professional Ms Meera Sanyal whose action is also admirable. As Professionals ourselves we support both.

One question came to our mind as to why Ms Sanyal and Dr. Mona Shah were splitting votes between them when they both are from the same side i.e. Professionals or against the typical Politicians whom we want to replace??

I have come to know that The Professional Party of India announced their candidate Dr Mona Shah much earlier than Ms Sanyal announced her name. So question comes who should have withdrawn?

I will not go by mere logic of being here first and say that since PPI was formed 1.5 yrs ago they deserve their candidature.

Rather I feel that an independent candidate is just a local solution and in the Multi Party Elections in India with its demographic variance it never pays to be an Independent. Only a few independent perhaps have made their marks but that too by aligning with some ruling party after elections. And such independents must have been useful ONLY in Local Issues. Since I do not belong to Mumbai and since I think the need of the hour and tomorrow is to fund and form a National Party which is different, I do not support the logic of independence even if I support the spirit of INDEPENDENCE that Ms Sanyal has.

What we need is more sucf free spirited people coming forward BUT joing HANDS to fight as a SINGLE Front or else all our efforts will go waste. Politics is no joke. The parties- BJP, Congress, BSP and so on and their people have been here for a long time and some since independence and have been at this game since they were at college and not been just Good Students which Dr Mona Shah or Ms Meera Sanyal must have been and Good Students do not do Political Activism in college. So if someone like them suddenly wakes up propelled by some incident that affected their lives it means they are being Politically immature. Elections cannot be short term whim but is a long drawn battle that needs to start with planning long ago.

So a party with a backbone of clean, honest, crime free, liberal, researched, progressive and with a flat & lean structure of professionals steering it, started 18 months ago, is in a position to be far more effective & upscalable to national level than an independant decision based on emotion (26/11) & limited to a single constituency and that too with only local issues in mind.

There is some Political immaturity being displayed on the part of Ms Sanyal it seems to me. We need people like her too and we in this blog Invite all Like minded people to JOIN HANDS - not fight each other.

Professionals Party of India- Elections 2009

Professionals we too are. We may be Oilmen or PSU men but we too are Professionals. We too understand the need to "BE THE CHANGE THAT WE WANT TO SEE" that people Like Meera Sanyal, Independent or Dr Mona Patel Shah and Rajendra Thacker of the Professionals Party of India seek to do.

I have all along being arguing in different forums-inside my own organisation and now outside that unless better people come forward and we are stuck with the same old leaders we cannot hope to get anything better.

So the solution is only twofold. Actually it is only one. Get one solution the other will come automatically:-
  1. Get new people -- get them in great numbers- give the Voters a chance to choose better people. Professionals/ selfless/ those who are interested and also know how to work for the country. Not just words but real action
  2. The first will either be the solution in itself OR SCARE THE EXISTING ones TO DELIVER or lose their seats.

Simple ONE SOLUTION leading into the second.

As of now this BLOG SUPPORTS BJP and its PM Candidate LK Advani.

But we do not belong to BJP or are Political. We Want the BEST to happen. As of now BJP seems to be that Promise as far as we are concerned (we have argued in suport of our seeming selfishness earlier here) and so are open to "VOTE for INDIA" campaign also and in that line of thought we post the link to the Professionals Party of India web site and ask the readers to connect with them for a long drawn process to CHANGE INDIA.

The link is http://www.ppi.net.in/index.aspx?Id=1

However one doubt remains which I need to ask, why even in this process we find a waste of efforts / splitting of votes between Meera Sanyal, a professional but independent candidate and Dr Mona Shah candidate of this new party? Are we behaving Professionally then? Are we not able to sort out differences here too? Then what is the POINT?

Anyway as I see it there are only two candidates so far in this new Party and they are in Mumbai. Somewhere somebody has to start. They have started. Ok. Fine.. But until we have candidates from all over we have to vote for others at other places. So we will STILL VOTE FOR BJP.

Be the Change that We Want to See

Meera Sanyal is an ABM Amro Bank Professional. She is contesting Lok Sabha Elections-2009 from South Mumbai Constituency. Will she win? No. Will she lose her deposit? Maybe.

But then she has started something which I PERSONALLY agree with 100%. I have been saying this that UNLESS WE provide VOTERS a better Option there is NO USE Saying "Vote for India" when the Only INDIA we can vote for are the Corrupt Self Serving Politicians.

I grant that a few very few of them MAY not BE Corrupt or self serving and a few more probably did not start that way in the beginning but how does that help us? We will see what we see today only. And what we see today is that ALMOST ALL ARE CORRUPT and SELF SERVING!!

So the only option is to get NEW PEOPLE to stand up. But these new people also need to understand the vote mechanics, local issues, capture the minds of the voters. They may do well after the win.. but DO THEY KNOW HOW TO WIN?

So I guess what has started in 2009 will soon get us a better India 10 years hence and not before but good that it has started! BUT THIS TIME WILL VOTE FOR BJP elsewhere in INDIA.

Here is an article by Sobha De in TOI 05-03-09
Toi- 05-03-09- Meera Sanyal Elections 2009

Amar Singh jams spanner into RIL's proposal to hive off its petrol pumps to PSU Oil OMCs

Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh jams spanner into RIL's proposal to hive off its petrol pumps to PSU OMCs

April 5: 8Having taken a tough decision to exit the the auto fuel retail business, Mukesh Ambani has been trying to sell or lease Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) idle petrol pumps across the country to state-owned oil marketing companies. However, the PSUs do not seem to be interested in taking the bait. Ambani's ambitions now appear to have run into political opposition in the form of Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh, who is known to be very close to the senior Ambani's estranged brother Anil Ambani. Singh recently chose to express his objections to RIL's attempts to sell or lease its "non operational and defunct" petrol pumps to IOC and other India PSU companies in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 8In his letter to the PM, Singh expressed "shock" at the media reports on the proposed sale or lease, slamming RIL for its "blatant attempt to offload its stranded assets to government entities at the cost of national wealth." Singh has even gone one step further in accusing officials of IOC and petroleum ministry of conniving together to favour RIL for personal gains and has demanded a CBI enquiry to identify the concerned officials involved in the whole process. The Samajwadi Party MP also pointed out that since IOC and its subsidiaries have around 21,000 retail outlets throughout the country and commissioned hundreds of outlets last year itself, there is absolutely no need for the company to expand its network using second-hand assets.8It should be noted that RIL announced that it was shutting down its network of 1,432 petrol pumps across India -- which was set up at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore -- in March 2008 when its sales dipped to near zero as the company was unable to compete with the PSU oil companies, which sell fuel at subsidised rates. Reliance had recently sought an Expression of Interest (EOI) from IOC, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum for a possible partnership for reopening the petrol pumps, but this proposal seems to have died a quiet death. Another option floated by Reliance was to hive-off the company's petrol pumps into a joint venture company between RIL and the PSU oil marketing companies, who have been asked to quote the equity stake they may want in the new venture and their model for operating it. (Click on Details for more information) Details

Vote for BJP and Professionals

Vote for BJP! I have said Vote for BJP. This ADVICE holds even after this current message. This current message is about the Independents who are Professionals & the recently formed Profesionals Party at Mumbai..... Yes.. they should be voted also.. they can be ideal Ministers [hopefully]. But you know what happens to Independents who are not even poll savvy (I doubt Ms Sanyal ever did any party politics during her time when she was busy studying... and since this party - so called Professionals Party of India- is new and will need time to grow. Let us support them with an eye to the future BECAUSE we are PROFESSIONALS too.. BUT THIS time VOTE FOR BJP and in pockets Vote for these People.. WHO I am afraid must be ONLY in Mumbai because of the Terror attack and will also not be equipped to move the masses as they are looked at as the Elite class.. and at the end it is the mass vote that matters in India (Alas) - which is why you see all the games being played.

25 Mar 2009, 0830 hrs IST, Namita Devidayal, TNN

MUMBAI: Corporate India has finally roused itself from its political apathy. Meera Sanyal, the 47-year-old head of ABN Amro Bank, is south Mumbai's Meera Sanyal latest political contestant in the Lok Sabha elections. Sanyal will be contesting the city's most affluent constituency against Congress MP Milind Deora, Shiv Sena candidate Mohan Rawle and another newcomer, ophthalmic surgeon Mona Shah, who is being backed by the recently formed Professionals Party of India.

"Let's get Mumbai back on track," says the IIM and Insead-educated Sanyal, who says she was roused to act when she saw the directionless state of Mumbai after the terror attacks.

"The decline in the quality of life in Mumbai is evident. My sense is that in the last several years, there doesn't seem to be any coherent plan and no one is in charge. So the city has gone from growing at a GDP rate of 7% (1994-98) to 2.4% (2004-2006). This is also a city that is contributing Rs 95,000 crore to the exchequer and has received, in return, 3% for infrastructure?"

Sanyal's punch-mantra or five-point plan is: More investment in the infrastructure of the city, a radical overhaul of the public transport system especially the local trains, stronger security, implementation of the Nagara Raj Bill which is about local self government at the neighbourhood level, and a directly elected and fully empowered mayor who becomes the single point of accountability. She is encouraging citizens to respond to her proposals on her website.

"This is a people's campaign," says a supporter. “The reason we’re in this jam is because corporate India hasn’t stepped up."

Transport is one of her top priorities. "Mumbai has one of the best public transport systems in the world but it does need a major overhaul. These commuters are the lifeline of the city. Don’t we need to do something to improve their quality of life?"

Why did she chose to go independent, especially when national elections are most often party-based? "Is this formidable political party system working in favour of the citizens of Mumbai? Why haven’t they delivered?" says Sanyal.

For the other first-time candidate, Dr Mona Shah, security is a top priority. "26/11 changed many of us but it didn't change any thing in Mumbai in terms of security. Even today, the coast guard doesn’t have night binoculars," says Shah.

The 38-year-old is from the Professionals Party of India which was founded in Pune in 2008. Some political observers scoff at the new entrants, saying they will merely split the votes. Says one, “It is incredibly naive on their part to think that any one cares about their candidatures. All this Loksatta and Jago Bhago is a lost cause.”

Says AGNI activist Gerson da Cunha, “The experience of independents elected to the corporation is that they have to chime in with the major party if they are to achieve anything. Having said that, the one advantage is that their loyalties are to their constituencies and to the city, not to any far-off high command.”

--The last para is true.. but then a start has to be made!!

Aspire and assert- Indian Elections 2009

Vote for INDIA - An article. But I will still like to ASK 'How to VOTE for INDIA?" Who are those people who will give us India in the sense this article and so many other intellectuals TALK ABOUT? Where are the PEOPLE? You CANNOT JUST WAKE JUST BEFORE THE ELECTIONS AND ASK LIKE THIS.. FIRST CREATE THOSE INDIANS WHO CAN COME FORWARD yes maybe like Meera Sanyal ..first create those FACES.. Till you do that YOU ARE ONLY ASKING FOR CHAOS.. Because THIS 'VOTE FOR INDIA' Campaign will get you ONLY A HUNG PARLIAMENT.

SO till you get that READY.. VOTE FOR BJP....
But keep reading what the article says.

6 Mar 2009, 1115 hrs IST, Tarun Vijay

Let the people take over the spirit of the Red Fort and declare from its ramparts: "Honourable leaders, having cheated us for the last six decades and made politics a business of scoundrels, for once give India her due in the form of a nation-centric polity beyond family lords and stinking mafiosi of castiests, extortionists and murderers."

India certainly deserves a better lot to be elected members of a parliament which saw shameful scenes last time when a nuclear deal was being pushed to win the vote.

It’s meaningless to boast of our most ancient civilization, culture and values if we see what we have today. Bragging about a past that has no bearing on our behaviour today is worse than running after a mirage. Only the insecure get into it. Even if you forget all the great leaders of the past and stop reading their memoirs and prescriptions for the nation’s ills but keep a straight spine to live for India’s better future with honesty and transparency that would suffice. We will surely build new leaders but for once please strive to free your beloved nation of those who have survived far too long on peoples' lethargy and inaction.

A Hindu nation never cared who wrote the Vedas, how they were revealed or conceived and who authored the Upanishads. The only element that made us survive the vicissitudes of history was the strength to live the ideals and values that were worth living for this nation called Bharat Varsha.

We have been electing representatives who hardly have an idea of the nation they are tasked to protect and help flower. They have no sense of history, a history of our people and civilization, and do not any idea why we had to go through too many assaults by foreigners and how we were able to resist them so valiantly for centuries. Yet why has speaking about it has become a matter of hesitation for the neo-scholarship? We insult retired decorated soldiers when they are forced to agitate for a mere uniformity in pensions and scales though the lawmakers increase their salaries astronomically at the fag end of the session. That’s our patriotism.

Elect India this time. People who would try sincerely to make for the lost years of development and raise the value of our citizenship. It must be a matter of great confidence and pride to be an Indian citizen. Leaders and the administration must look at our people with respect and love, which we lack completely today as the nation is still run on British laws and the colonial attitude. No police reforms, no electoral corrections, no administrative changes in the environment of governance. The same hateful arrogance is seen in the bureaucrats and ministers who get a chance to find a seat of power. The way an officer of Emergency fame and thoroughly partisan was chosen, and supported by a section of the media and politicians, to handle elections, ignoring the advice of a man of integrity, speaks volumes of the depths we have fallen to.

Bribing is a matter of routine, piling of files is a thumb rule, small measures of publicity like increasing Haj subsidy or providing Ganga Jal on Shivratri become great milestones of political achievements while primary schools, village health centres and energy and water resources management are left to the mercy of sidelined ministers. The "profitable" departments are coal, mining and rural development, which are less checked and monitored but have enough meat to enjoy. We have a media whose brilliance comes to the fore in trivialities like the Mangalore pub incidence and which is completely hooked to Washington-London mania. We forget that for India the Middle East, Asia and especially East Asia with China taking a natural prominence are the regions that weigh more than anything else.

East is our natural constituency of diplomacy which is nurtured by age-old affinities. Similarly, at home we ignore the northeast. More than English, we must emphasize on learning Japanese and Chinese. That’s the future, not the US. It’s no use saying Hindus were ever a proselytizing religion. Declare with a truly Indian confidence that this world would be a better place to live if it follows the Hindu way of life and send missionaries of Hinduism to make people appreciate the Vedic way of a happy and mutually respectful society. Be a proud missionary yourself and take some inspiration from the times when Asoka the great, who has given us our national motif, sent his son to spread the message of Dharma. Why hesitate now? But we have learnt to live with all wrongs like we lived calmly during the British colonial period. Only a handful, less than 5%, participated in the freedom struggle. That’s the bare bitter truth. Should we not wake up even now?

Should our personal egos and likings be a deciding factor, or in a critical time like this can we rise above them and decide?

I was at Allahabad University sometime ago to address a students’ convention and have a Q&A session that ran for more than two hours in the Deligacy campus. They all wanted change. Give us clean rivers, easily available drinking water (since the advent of the mineral-water bottle culture, which is neither mineral water nor safe ones, one quipped), get rid of illiterate priests and a mindset that feels ashamed at just and rightful Hindu assertions that teaching Vedas is considered a Hindu, and hence, a communal and discardable act. They were enamoured with the youth chant but wanted a leadership that has a spine. In the evening the octogenarian leader of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Shri Ashok Singhal invited me to join a discussion on the agenda for Arundhati-Vashishtha Trust he has created to disseminate the scientific and Indic civilisational knowledge among the people. When we were leaving he said: "It’s time to forget our internal differences for the sake of greater unity among Hindu nationalists." We will be sinning if driven by personal egos, we work to defeat our own ilk. An India led by an Indian nationalist whom we know would be preferable to one led by a lady of a foreign origin.

If that happens we will finally have a post-Nehruvian raj that is more connected with the soil and people's aspirations. Is it too much to ask to have cleaner and honest members of Parliament who would ensure better roads, bridges, primary schools, women’s empowerment and a scheduled caste-scheduled tribe upsurge that will take our nation miles ahead and unshackle us from the redundant ritualism and caste-based differences and atrocities.

Why can’t we have, unhesitatingly the best models of pilgrim centres and temple management that cater to the needs of the young and mobile and do not resist any new reform? Let us have a leadership with spine that will make India the strongest military power on earth without any apologies.

After all, we have a burden on our shoulders to keep India free from traitors and terrorists and defend borders with a few unfinished vows to be completed as directed by the unanimous resolutions of Parliament. The platform people, with one leg abroad and one in the stinking wealth in Swiss accounts can’t do that. Let a new Chanakya create a Chandra Gupta to uproot the denationalized politicians and give us hope.

Merely ritualizing the "pub bharo" to "Parliament bharo" drills is nothing but further moisturizing the filthy dustbin.

(Tarun Vijay is director of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Elections-2009- Compare MANIFESTOS

Elections 2009 INDIA: Each party is promising something. Some do not promise but talks of achievements only. It is SOP time dear friends!! Let us see what each hve to say. And thi blog promises to remember, analyse what they finally achieve given the chance... so we collect all the Manifestos here at one place.


BJP Elections 2009 Manifesto


Congress- Elections 2009 Manifesto

The above two are the two major National Parties. Now let us see what the Regional / Pseudo-National / Smaller Parties are saying:


BSP does not issue manifesto, but 32-page ‘appeal’ to voters

March 20th, 2009 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS

Lucknow, March 20 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Friday said that she does not believe in releasing a party manifesto, and instead issued “an appeal” to voters highlighting the achievements of her 22-month-old government.The 32-page appeal to the electorate of Uttar Pradesh, released at a press conference here, read: “The Bahujan Samaj Party is the only party in the country which believes in doing and not just in making promises, which is why our party does not issue election manifestos.”
Reading more like a list of achievements of her government, the appeal aims at urging the Uttar Pradesh voter not to get carried away by “false promises” of other parties. Signed by Mayawati, president of the party, it also calls upon the electorate not to vote for the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “Please do not vote for the Congress, the BJP or their allies. Instead, you should vote for the BSP to help us build an equitable society - which is the ultimate goal of our party,” the appeal points out.
The appeal is similar to the document released by her on BSP founder Kanshi Ram’s 73rd birth anniversary in New Delhi. She lays emphasis on the BSP’s modified ideology which now talks of taking into its ambit the “wellbeing of all castes without confining itself to the interest of Dalits alone”.

We will collect other manifestos and host them here soon for records.

Crorepati Politicians- Yesterday and Today

Crorepatis become Politicians easily or is it that you BECOME politician to BECOME CROREPATI? It seems both are true and cyclic.
--> You are not crorepati, jump into the bandwagon (by becoming a criminal, by becoming active at grass root level or whatever) and then get a ticket one day and then you get the key to the cash.
--> you are crorepati. use money to win and get more money.. money gets money.

Question: Where does the money come from? not all can boast of ancestral kingdoms like the Scindias!!! So where does the money come from - including to the Gandhi Family?

A 2004 news report in TOI goes like this:- (Of course TRUST the Media to do their wrong reporting again.. as pointed out below)
A politically correct story of riches
8 Aug 2004, 1606 hrs IST, Vineeta Pandey, TNN

New Delhi: For a poor country, India certainly has a rich democracy, that is if you go by the fat wallets of men and women who represent the impoverished and undernourished masses.

Nobody is suggesting that all politicians tweak privileges of public office to stash away a bit every now and then. But by their own admission our MPs are rich. No, lets rephrase that. Seriously rich! Going by the 'total assets' affidavits filed before the LS polls, the crorepati neta club of India comes in all hues and sizes.

The 'Bollywood neta club' boasts of crorepatis like Govinda (15 cr), Sunil Dutt (20cr), Dharmendra (23cr), Jaya Prada (8cr) and Raj Babbar (2cr).

The underworld is also not far behind, with Arun Gawli, of Dagdi Chawl fame confessing to assets of 2 crore. And if you throw in industrialists (Navin Jindal — 3cr) and bureaucrats — Arun Bhatia, Nikhil Kumar (2cr each) for good measure, almost every other neta is a rich man.

UP has the maximum — 80 crorepatis in the 'grand' total of 350, which has emerged after the affidavits were filed. Besides these, there are of course, the smart ones who have declared assets in such a way, that they just fall short of the crore mark.

In UP, Congress has 22 followed by BJP 18, BSP 16, SP 19, RLD 4 and independent 1. The crorepatis in the state include CM Mulayam Singh Yadav ( 1cr 15 lacs), while his son Akhilesh is a few thousands short of a crore. Ram Jethmalani (10cr), BSP's Salim Iqbal Shervani (9.6cr), and Devendra Singh Yadav (18.7 cr) are in the high assets category. Interestingly, Congress president Sonia Gandhi too is short of being a crorepati: She has 86.18 lakh while Rahul Gandhi has declared assets of 55.48 lakh.

Red-coloured West Bengal has 10 crorepati politicians and prominent among them are Nafisa Ali (2cr), Speaker Somnath Chatterjee (1cr), Ajit Panja (1cr). Andhra has 33 which is in sharp contrast to the state of affairs where farmers have been committing suicide due to poverty. Renuka Chaudhary (6cr), TDP's M Padnabham (8cr), and Jaipal Reddy (1cr) are among others, who have struck gold.

Haryana has 10, with most of them coming from Kurukshetra, making it literally the El Dorado of the state. Navin Jindal, INLD's Abhay Chautala, BJP's Gurdial Singh and HVP's Jatinder Singh are among the lot.

From J&K, NC's Omar Abdullah turns out to be richest. His flat in New Delhi's posh locality itself is worth 1.10 crore apart from other assets. LK Advani has declared assets worth 1.29 crores. Jharkhand's 4 include Yashwant Sinha. JMM's Shibu Soren is way off the mark and has shown assets worth 36 lakh. Kapil Sibal (16.45 cr) tops in Delhi's list of nine.

'Under-developed' Bihar may be grappling with shortages of every kind, but there is no dearth of maaldars here. Lalooland has 31. Among them are BJP candidates Dr CP Thakur (2.7cr), Kirti Azad (1.8cr), Hukum Deo Narayan (1cr) and Kanti Singh (1.4cr) of RJD. Congress has Meira Kumar (2.8cr) and Nikhil Kumar while JD (U) has George Fernandes (3cr) and Digvijay Singh (1.9cr). In contrast, Laloo Prasad and his predecessor Nitish Kumar ostensibly possess 80.60 lakhs and 41.41 lakhs, respectively.

But now see this article on TOI front page today. It says Rahul had 22 lakhs in 2004 (THIS IS WHY I SAID MEDIA is USELESS)

Crorepati Rahul TOI-05!03!09

Our Thoughts: Not everybody may have revealed the full stash and among them the Film Stars are sure to have hidden most as they cannot have such low amounts when we compare theirs with others and hear about their payments. Some may be having ancestral Properties and properties in metros where value went up considerably but IS IT TRUE FOR ALL? I doubt!

Conclusions: Become a Leader TO INCREASE WEALTH and BECOME CROREPATIS!! I pity the poor people of India who fall over one another to worship the white skin of Rahul and fall at his feet and continue to remain poor while he added wealth in 5 years from 22/ 55 lacs to 2.25 crores!!

At least we do not see LK Advani to have added wealth- if he had surely congress would have come out with his news in the papers !! So I think we can still VOTE FOR HIM and HIS BJP!! Vote for BJP!!